UNC-Malawi Surgical Initiative teams with Kamazu Central Hospital to open new Burn Unit and Operating Theatre

Kamuzu Central Hospital celebrated the opening of its dedicated Burn Unit and Operating Theatre with a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Monday, June 23. The Honorable Jeanine E. Jackson, Ambassador of the United States, spoke. Guests were welcomed to the event by the Director of Kamuzu Central Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Ngoma and the head of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Carlos Varela.

The Burn Unit and Operating Theatre is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, Johnson & Johnson, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, and Kamuzu Central Hospital. This is an effort to reduce the burden of burn and other traumatic injuries among children and adults in central Malawi.

Surgical and anesthesia clinical officers and nurses who completed a Burn Fellowship at the Johnson & Johnson Burn Centre at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa will be recognized for their accomplishments with the presentation of special certificates by Dr. Adelin Muganza, head of the Burn Unit.

As part of the larger UNC-Malawi Surgical Initiative strategy to increase the number of surgeons in Malawi, graduates of the Malawi College of Medicine are being trained at Kamuzu Central Hospital in a COSECSA (College of Surgeons for East Central and Southern Africa) accredited general surgery and orthopedic training program.

The creation of the KCH Burn Unit and Operating Theatre is due in large part to the generous continuing support of Johnson & Johnson, led by Conrad Person, Director of Corporate Contributions and Denis Robson, Director of African Affairs, who joined in the celebration.

The continued commitment of the University of North Carolina Department of Surgery to KCH through the UNC-Malawi Surgical Initiative, led by Dr. Anthony Charles, and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, led by Dr. Bruce Cairns, was reinforced by this opening.